What is Rough Sleeping?

Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness.

It is typically associated with sleeping outside, but also refers to sleeping in a place not designed for living such as an empty building or a car. Some people are at a higher risk of rough sleeping than others. Rough sleeping can pose significant risks to health and welfare.

Mendip District Council is committed to efforts to prevent and relieve rough sleeping. Services available to rough sleepers will vary depending on individual circumstances. The following services are available to support people that are rough sleeping in Mendip

·       StreetLink 

·       Outreach  

·       Homeless Application

·       Severe Weather Emergency Provision

If you see somebody that is rough sleeping, make a referral via StreetLink so that they can receive help. Find out about other things that you can do.